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benedict stunned the world >>> a conclave to elect the next pope could start sooner than march 15th. pope benedict stunned the world this week by announcing his retirement effective february 28th. he's the first pontiff in 600 years to step down and is staying in office until death. church rules say the conclave is to start 15 to 20 days after the papacy becomes vacant but since they're note dealing with a sudden death the vatican is trying the waive the rules -- to waive the rules. the pope though has to approve the change before he resigns. >>> the family of oscar pistorius is denying charges he murdered his girlfriend. though they won't talk about the circumstances surrounding the shooting. his family describes pistorius as numb with shock as well as grief. today a team of lawyers visited the south african runner in jail. the 26-year-old nicknamed blade runner is charged with murdering model reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. police are holding pistorius at least until a bail hearing next week. >>> well, back here in the bay area, santa clar
. >> reporter: pope benedict delivered his final blessing to tens of thousands from his apartment overlooking saint peters square. between rounds of applause and emotional prayers -- >> i had some tears from my eyes. >> reporter: the holy father said he is not abandoning the church. he is retiring to spend his final years in prayer. the 85-year-old is stepping down on thursday. the first pope to do so in 600 years. >> you can feel it is something special among the people here. >> reporter: cardinals from around the world are arriving in rome to elect the next pope. what is normally a delicate transition has been interrupted by morale tkpwaeugs of scandal. >> italian media is reporting that the pope decided to resign after learning that a secret room of gay priests were being blackmailed. >> reporter: closed door vatican discussions about the allegations. the church calls the report false. >> it is focused on scandals in the church. again some, have been very, very real. nobody is denying them. the focus only goes to that we are deflected t
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